The more one understands about God, the more he realizes he need never accept a defeat. Actually, the term has no final meaning for him except perhaps to describe the destiny of whatever would oppose health and well-being. But the developing realization of God's allness enables us to see that there will never be a time when the individual himself reaches a point of total failure.

No illness can ultimately wipe out health; no sin can finally destroy goodness; not even death itself can terminate life. Whenever evil does seem to prevail, good always resurfaces and ultimately is victorious over every single facet of discord—whether the error has appeared merely disappointing or deeply devastating. What the Psalmist says of the wicked man, we might say of evil itself: "I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not." Ps. 37:35, 36. The Christian Scientist has unique reasoning on which his certainty of ultimate triumph rests.

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January 5, 1981

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